Definitively in the US!!

11 11 2013

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Jesus knows all about my sins, says the flier I found in a toilet at Seattle Tacoma airport..

Very American, but it could be Russian as well since being gay is considered a sin, as drunkenness, playing with the occult (!), filthy talk, witchcraft and stubbornness!!!!

Priceless!!





If you can’t speak Dutch, speak Chinese!

7 11 2013

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Today I went for hair cutting to a Chinese place I spotted the other day. The woman inside could only speak Dutch or Chinese, no English as many other first generation Chinese immigrants. A chance to use some of my basic Chinese!!

Anyway I had already decided to go basic, a good shirt cut all over.. Well worth the final price of 10€!!! I think it was cheap enough!

So I decided to treat myself some Chinese food as well:

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Internet cafe? Impossible!

1 11 2013

After 2 days I can consider lucky at my arrival in the Netherlands, finding in less than 48 hours an acceptable accommodation in a nice area at an almost reasonable price, for this expensive city, today all went back to normality! Everything that could go wrong did it until late evening..

Today after signing the house contact I was supposed to pay deposit and first rent but this became an odyssey!

A language misunderstanding fooled me first let me thinking I could perform a straightforward post office payment for that. But what the landlady meant in Dutch was a bank giro payment, possible of course only when one got a Dutch bank. Could it be that easy? Impossible.

So since I got no laptop I had already searched in Italy where to find Internet cafe in Utrecht. I got 3 addresses and one was suggested by a future colleague:

• the latter one was in a large building in the center long time closed for renovation;

• the first of my google addresses was a large and probably famous coffee and cultural meeting place that also advertised to be a hotspot… For society or Internet I don’t know, but it wasn’t an Internet cafe!!

• the second of my addresses was indeed an Internet cafe… Of some sort!! I was the only western person inside in what could have been a Turkish meeting place with 5 old computer without Java, a thick cloud of smoke, one broken flipper dating back to the ’80s, a sort of juke box, 10-15 old wooden tables, a little bar and a separate room where I could not see clearly inside but I think they were playing cards. The only modern thing inside was a cigarette distributor. I could not open my bank (better probably) but I got a very good Turkish coffee!!

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• the last google address brought me to some sort of building where different cultural groups had offices and I have no idea about the connection with the words “Internet cafe”.

All of this done walking because it is just easier than biking when you have to stop to check the map every 5 minutes and here the bike traffic is far more active than the car one!

Trusting google maps? Again impossible.

Desperate (no payment no apartment keys, more nights in expensive hotel) I begged the guy working in the hotel to use his laptop. He said ok and finally I managed to get the payment through… but of course the bank date for the transfer is Monday!!!

I miss China (and Japan) so much: Europe should learn how an Internet cafe should look like and should offer!!!

China third world?? Impossible! Europe, you’re still far in something!!

FUNNY THING OF THE DAY – While I was finishing up with the pc in the hotel reception I heard a couple of Italians asking the hotel guy where they could find a coffee shop of Dutch type, since it was their first visit to the Netherlands ;)





Sexy Coffee Drinks

11 10 2013

Walking around TrasTevere with Federico, he showed us a quite special caffe’, serving certainly attracting drinks, at least from the names:

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I do not even try to translate, but I am sure you can find some help passing the drinks’ names trought Google translate, my best friend in China!





Chinglish in “fashion”

10 10 2013

A friend today had a Dolce & Gabbana shirt, black, with the brand written on the front, then he turned and something caught my eye:

Chinese D&G!

Dolce &. what??

..so I asked him if he got the shirt at some local Chinese shop.. as his wife did!

You don’t even need special inspector to find fake shirts.. just enough they can spell!!





Feel, find, flash and do!

26 09 2013

Just back from an extremely good and interesting seminar with Takahama Mitsunobu sensei, 7.dan, in Bolzano organized by  Aikido Club Bolzano.

Around in Bolzano

Many first times for me: first time going to Bolzano, that I discovered to be an extremely beautiful mountain city, with a gorgeous old part, extremely well kept , surrounded by the Dolomite; first time practicing with Takahama sensei; first time meeting some more active Italian aikidokas following Yasuno sensei style of Aikido; first time practicing in Italy with a good Italian friend I met in in Japan, Ennio, back in Italy after about 10 years in Japan, and ready to start his Italian Aikido adventure with his new dojo/project Ura Kasumi in Lodi, Pavia and Milan.

Around in Bolzano Around in Bolzano

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Milano Linate 9/11

11 09 2013

On my way to the Netherlands for tomorrow job interview.. And again a night on an airport bench, this time Milano Linate… If the airport won’t close if course!!

Tonight, another 9/11, it is definitively the wrong night to forget a bag in the departure floor at Milan airport of Linate!!!

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Somebody saw the bag with some stuff inside, just left there close to a check in area. The air personnel informed called the police…. That after a good 20 minutes has not arrived yet!!

Maybe to decrease the casualties in case of explosion…. Maybe (more probable) to finish the sandwich watching the favorite TV show!!

Once got here they just took it and threw it away I’m the common garbage bin… Not even recycling!

At the end also Linate airport was open during the night but it has been one of the worst experiences so far: only metal seats with fixed metal armrest. Impossible to sleep:

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